From classic influences, fine materials and muted colours to the subtle glamour, Louise Bradley’s eponymous business has been fashioning luxurious interiors for a discerning international clientele for over 20 years now. When you step inside one of her two showrooms – located in London’s two most prestigious areas Knightsbridge and Chelsea – you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped into a magazine spread. Not a detail has been spared amongst the plush velvety fabrics, regal-like tassels and intricate detailing that lends each piece that je ne sais quoi. Here, Louise – who lives with her two miniature dachshunds Marni and Bebe and her cheeky cockatoo Rosie in a Knightsbridge apartment during the week and a Hertfordshire cottage at the weekend – talks to us about her life at home, go-to classics and favourite shopping destinations.
Q: How did you get into interiors?
I have always loved interiors. In 1991 I started my business, initially opening a shop on Walton Street. The business has just grown over the years and we now have a substantial design side, working with clients around the world, as well as the showrooms with our extensive range of furniture and accessories. Initially I bought items for the specific projects that I was involved with, but gradually I started designing bespoke furniture for each project and then the demand for the furniture and accessories inspired me to develop my own range. I add new items twice each year.
Q: Tell us about your style at home
My style at home is relaxed. I used a neutral palette, which is a great backdrop for my collection of pieces that I love, and there are lots! I guess my signature style runs through my homes, a fusion of classic and contemporary.
Q: What does your home mean to you?
My home is a sanctuary. I like the space to be ordered so I always get a sense of calm when I walk in the door. I love to cook but sadly I don’t do enough of it and I love a nice garden – I have a great gardener who understands what I like. I also enjoy having friends over for lunch at the weekend in the country and my teenage nieces sometimes stay with me in London, which is always great fun.
Q: Can you talk us through what your home is like?
My London home has all the essentials cleverly arranged over three floors. I have a great drawing room that is wonderful for entertaining and also nice to spend time alone in without being too large. The kitchen is an eat-in kitchen that leads out onto a rooftop terrace that looks out over London. I have a master bedroom and dressing room with an additional guest room.
Q: What is your most prized possession at home?
I value my dogs the same as most dog lovers do. They are always happy to see you and offer unconditional love. Material things can always be replaced but I do have some artworks I would be sad to lose.